Rhode Island Medical Marijuana News:

March 19, 2014

RI Legalization: Increasing Support, Election-Year Difficulties

Legislative support for Rhode Island's proposed law to legalize recreational cannabis is growing, according to the bill's sponsor. However, election-year realities may delay the bill's passage to 2015. State Rep. [click to continue...]

February 6, 2014

Email Marketing Under Attack in R.I.

Rhode Island’s attorney general has put the kibosh on email marketing campaigns for the medical marijuana industry there. Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin contacted the Thomas C. Slater Compassion Center [click to continue...]

January 15, 2014

Which States Will Legalize Recreational Marijuana in 2014?

This article is the first in a two-part series. Next week, we'll highlight states with the best chances of passing medical marijuana legislation this year. The marijuana industry has enjoyed [click to continue...]

January 10, 2014

Rhode Island Gov: 2014 “Too Soon” for Legalization

Rhode Island looked to be on track to become the next state to legalize recreational marijuana. But the state’s governor, Lincoln Chafee, is pumping the brakes. On Tuesday, Chafee said [click to continue...]

December 9, 2013

Rhode Island OKs 1st MMJ Consultant

Rhode Island’s health department has given initial approval to a consulting firm that will help patients join the state's medical marijuana program. The decision could make the firm, called B&B [click to continue...]

April 19, 2013

Rhode Island Welcomes First MMJ Center, Becomes 11th State in US With Dispensaries

The first medical marijuana center in Rhode Island opened its doors today, ushering in a new era for the state's fledgling MMJ industry after lengthy delays raised doubts about its [click to continue...]

March 18, 2013

Weekly Wrapup: Medical Marijuana Moving Forward in MA + Snapshot of Dispensary Startup Costs

Something monumental is happening in Massachusetts: The state is actually moving forward with medical marijuana regulations at a surprisingly rapid pace. Last week, the state's health department released its near-term [click to continue...]

March 12, 2013

Rhode Island Projections Shed Light on Dispensary Startup Costs, Annual Revenues

Want to get an idea of startup costs, revenue potential and other financial data tied to launching and running a medical marijuana dispensary? Look to Rhode Island. Documents filed recently [click to continue...]

November 19, 2012

Weekly Wrapup: More States to Weigh Legalization + How to Succeed in the Cannabis Business

First Colorado and Washington, then a few states on the East Coast? That could very well be the case when it comes to marijuana legalization. Last week, lawmakers in Rhode [click to continue...]

November 14, 2012

Lawmakers in 4 States to Push for Marijuana Legalization as Cannabis Reform Gains Momentum

Let the domino effect begin. Lawmakers in four states plan to submit bills that would legalize marijuana for adult use and tax cannabis sales, spurred by similar successful measures in [click to continue...]

October 17, 2012

New Jersey, Rhode Island Medical Cannabis Dispensaries Finally Poised to Open?

The day when patients in New Jersey and Rhode Island can start purchasing medical marijuana from a licensed dispensary appears to be drawing near. Both states have made significant progress [click to continue...]

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Black Market Marijuana Dealer Targets Rec Store’s Customers

Although recreational marijuana proponents often argue that legalizing and taxing cannabis will help undercut illegal [click to continue...]

Colorado Banking Co-Op Program Stalls

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An attempt to ease the lack of banking services for Colorado's cannabis industry may prove [click to continue...]

Lawsuit Filed Over Florida MMJ Lottery Plan

Should states rely on chance to decide who gets to produce medical cannabis? A Florida [click to continue...]

Legalization Bill on Tap in New York

A Democratic state senator in New York is planning to introduce a bill next year [click to continue...]

IL Lawmaker Defends Secrecy-Shrouded Application Process

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Illinois is keeping information about applicants for medical marijuana business permits completely confidential, ostensibly to [click to continue...]

Florida MMJ Opponents Buy $1.6M in TV Ads

Opponents of the push to legalize medical marijuana in Florida recently announced a $1.6 million [click to continue...]

Politicians Openly Discuss Marijuana Issues

As the 2014 election approaches, politicians are increasingly comfortable addressing marijuana issues as part of [click to continue...]

Oregon Cities Levy Taxes in Hopes of Rec Law Passage

News about medical marijuana, pot shops and cannabis in Oregon

For many voters, a key selling point of recreational cannabis legalization is the possible tax [click to continue...]

Cannabis Industry to Impact Energy Needs of Northwest Region

A 20-year power plan covering the northeast United States is taking into account the sizable [click to continue...]

Illinois MMJ Applicants Scramble for Local Support

As the deadline approaches to submit applications for dispensary and cultivation permits in Illinois, many [click to continue...]

Latest Rec Sales Data: $7M in Washington, $30M in Colorado

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Colorado and Washington have released updated tax data associated with their respective marijuana programs. In [click to continue...]

Chile Latest Country to Make Cannabis Progress

Chile has joined a growing list of countries moving toward legalization of medical or recreational [click to continue...]

New Poll Bolsters Rec Law Efforts

A recent poll spearheaded by NBC News and Marist shows continued support among Colorado residents [click to continue...]

Report: Notable Cannabis Opponents Have Ties to Big Pharma

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Several academics and researchers who oppose cannabis have worked with pharmaceutical companies that could take [click to continue...]